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president obama is back at the white house facing an issue that many fear will send the u.s. back into i recession if it is not addressed soon. >> officials in one part of virginia are already planning for next election day, trying to avoid a repeat of long lines at the polls. fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. good morning on this thursday, november 8th, friday eve, everyone. taking a live look over washington, d.c. this morning waking up to some chilly temperatures once again. we'll see how it is going to shape up today for you. good morning. i'm sarah simmons i'm wisdom martin. welcome to fox 5 morning news. not too bad here but when you look at these pictures, you're like wow, thousands of people
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in new york and new jersey are without power again after a strong nor'easter hit the area. storm packed powerful winds and heavy wet snow bringing down trees and power lines that hadn't been knocked down by the superstorm. there have been no mandatory evacuations although new york city mayor michael bloomberg urged residents of low-lying neighborhoods to leave. >> look at all this. >> that woman had a smile on her face. she was like i can't believe this. >> she had a smile on her face. >> she was like i can't believe what i'm doing. we had some showers overnight and even mixed with a little snow around here. picked autopsy you trace officially at reagan national so we've had our first flakes of the season. >> officially. >> just flakes. >> nothing to worry about shoveling around here today. we are looking -- we are trending towards better conditions later this afternoon. there is your satellite-radar. you can see our storm system still kind of roaring there off
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the southeast coast of massachusetts and rhode island. and we're on the back side of it. cloud cover will gradually dissipate. i think we'll get some clearing here by mid-morning and it should be a nice afternoon t will be a bit breezy and still cool for this time of year. our flow out of the north and west. we'll only see high temperatures in the low 50s. still work sunshine and temperatures about five to eight degrees warmer than yesterday, it should feel a little better than yesterday. here are your cold temperatures. 42 in washington. 34 in new york. and we talked about how much snow they picked up in places like jfk got 4 inches and in newark, they got 6 inches. not too far away. 27 in binghamton. 2 in pittsburgh this morning. here is your forecast highs. low to mid-50s, cool and breezy. but more sunshine later today. >> i really hope this is not a prediction of what is to come for them. remember, a couple of years ago, it seems like we just kept getting hit with stuff. i hope it is not their turn.
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>> let's check in with julie wright. >> we've got our hands full and accident activity with police and fire rescue units on the scene. i'm told from police no unwith is able to get by at this time at sunrise valley drive. starting to slow east of 28 out of the centerville. crash involving yoafort turned vehicle still in play. stay to the right in order to work your way around the scene. outer loop of the beltway, crash at 450 has been moved over to the shoulder. now, on the inner loop of the beltway head over towards van dorn street, v-d.o.t. says they are checking for an accident headed toward the right side of the highway. southbound 270, your doe lay down to 45 miles per hour headed south of i-70. traffic remains slow headed into a hyattstown. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. president obama gets back to his regular routine at this white house today. he and the first family
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returned last night. the president will have his daily briefing later on this morning aand one of the biggest issues he is facing is the so- called fiscal cliff. both sides of the aisle must agree on a plan to avoid deep spending cuts and tax increases that many fear will send the economy back into a recession. meantime, president obama will make his again later on this month when he becomes the first u.s. president to visit myanmar. the visit was announced early this morning. long lines at the polls on tuesday kept some people waiting to vote hours after the polls closed. that was the case at some locations in prince william county. elections officials and even president obama are taking notice of this. the president referenced the lines in his victory speech. officials in prince william county say no one should have to wait more than one hour and even that is too long. they're considering switching from the touch screens to optical scans as well as increasing the number of voting machines at each polling center. center. some other top storiethis
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morning, fairfax county police are on the hunt for a man who assaulted a teenager at a public library. this happened just before 9:00 tuesday night as the staff was preparing to close the thomas jefferson library in falls church. a 17-year-old says she noticed a man watching her as she studied. on her way out of the library, she told police the man followed her. she ducked into the bathroom. >> he grabbed her and assaulted her. she did fight back and she creamed and then he fled. >> usually, it is really safe here so it is surprising to see something like that happen. there is always some types of people that you have to watch out for. >> police say library employees have seen the man there before. he is described as appear african-american man between 5' 7" and 5' 10". he has a shaved bald head, a
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gap in his front tooth and a diagonal scar on his forehead. police in fairfax county are stepping up their search and asking for your help in catching a serial fondler. he is described as hispanic, medium build with black hair and wearing a red cap. so far, nine women have reported attack business a man matching that description. the latest case happened last thursday in the 6000 block of hibling avenue in springfield. anyone with information should call the fairfax county police department. department. in prince george's county, police are investigating a shooting that killed a man in hillcrest heights. this happened on 23rd parkway around 9:00 last responding to
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report of gunshots when they found man lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. he died on the way to the hospital and the victim has not been identified. no word on a suspect or motive. making headline this morning ring, the man behind the controversial anti-muslim film that sparked protest worldwide is sentenced to prison. -- making headlines this morning, the man behind the controversial anti-muslim film that sparked protest worldwide is sentenced to prison. >> fox 5 morning news is back with more.
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making headlines this morning, a powerful 7.4 earthquake killed at least 48 people in guatemala yesterday. another 100 or still missing and hundreds more were injured. it toppled homes, triggered landslides and was felt 600 miles away in mexico city. about 300 police and local villager were trying to dig through a half-ton of sand at a quarry in a desperate attempt
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to rescue people buried alive. the man who made that controversial antimuslim film will do a year in prison. he was convicted on a probation violation. he had been convicted of bank fraud back in 2010. admitted to self violations including getting a fake driver's license. none of the violation are associated with the film he made. the director of the massachusetts pharmacy board has been fired for ignoring warnings the company that made the tainted steroid shots linked to the deadly giants outbreak. several warnings about the new england compounding center were sent from the state of colorado. they dealt with the company allegedly violating its license. records show the warping were made as early as july 2011 the
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warnings were made as early as july -- records show the warnings were made as early as july 2011. ly 2011. we'll have more on the d.c. united game when we come back. it's my coffee when i want it. you press a button, you have great dunkin' coffee. i got my coffee for the morning, i got my dunkin' k-cup packs for the rest of the day. only available at dunkin' donuts restaurants. america runs on dunkin' coffee.
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america runs on dunkin'! fans for the mls playoffs forced to change. officials decided to postpone the game until tonight because of the nor'easter. last week, a game between the two teams had to be moved to rfk because of the superstorm. >> that is awesome. that is incredible. >> i'm glad you enjoy that. >> i don't think they thought it was incredible up there. >> look at them scooping that off of there. >> look at our area. we look beautiful as we take a
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look at our sky right now. gorgeous out there. although temperatures, 42. >> yeah, chilly. honestly, it could have been a lot worse. that is how close the snow was falling. jfk getting 4 inches and newark got 6 inches. now, we are looking at a cool start to your day. it will be a cool one this afternoon too. >> that's good. >> better than yesterday. >> it was cold. i did go out and run in that. >> did you? >> yes, did i. >> in the wind too? >> i did it. >> you get a star next to your name for that. >> she should get three stars. >> thank you. >> i looked out the window a couple of times and made no effort to get any exercise outside. 42 at reagan national. it is on the cold side here this morning. 32 now in frederick.
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freezing temperatures in frederick. 34 this morning. hagerstown, you go south and east, leonardtown, 36 degrees. plenty of cool temperatures to start your day. high temperatures, low to mid- 50s and honestly, i'm not sure it will feel that warm because our winds will be out of the north and west and that will put the damper on any warmer temperatures. the trend here the next several days is for the forecast to get better and better. here are your current winds north and west at about nine. 12 in gaithersburg. nine in annapolis. these winds will pick up and be a little blustery at times 15 to 20 here from the north and west. we are on the back edge of this storm system and you can see, there is your center. you can clearly pick it out. very impressive sight t look more like a tropical storm than a nor'easter at this hour and still flowing lots of rain and moisture back towards new york city. but if you look carefully there, the last couple of frames, you can see it lifting off to the north and east. we are starting to get some clearing already. on the live shot, we are getting some clearing.
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we should be in for i think at least a partly sunny morning and mostly sunny afternoon as the clouds get dragged off to the north and east. as we get into friday, weekend, a nice-looking forecast. here is why. the jet stream has been dipping the last week or so. we've had a cold start to the month of november. the jet stream going to do kind of a pattern flip here and allow some warmer air in over the weekend. we are back into the mid-60s by veterans day on sunday and into your workweek next week. temperatures will stay on the mild side. 53 today. clearing skies, breezy, cool out there. winds north and west at 10 to 15. plenty of sun this afternoon. friday, saturday, sunday, nice warming trend with plenty of sunshine. monday, i think we'll get close to 70. as julie says, she loves to flirt with 70. we'll see cooler temperatures by the middle of next week. let's get the latest on traffic speaking of flirting and 70. >> with the temperatures that
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are 70, tucker. not people your age. >> oh, stop. >> all right. on the roads, we've got our hands full. we've got problems to report. this will be northbound i-59 north of the car rest area. police are out with the incident that has been pulled over to the shoulder. traffic remains congested continuing across the okay on. no accidents, just volume delays. we do need to map out some problems for you. if you are traveling in virginia northbound on 286, that is the fairfax county parkway. that is where we have the police activity tying up a portion of the roadway. 286 northbound at sunrise valley drive. roadway is completely shut down. no one able to get by at this time. we do have accident activity involving three vehicles on the inner loop of the beltway here at van dorn street. stay to the left to get by as you travel in from eisenhower headed over towards the i- 59/395 corridor. this will be in your way.
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inner loop starting to slow as you approach gallows road. heavy volume headed northbound north of 216 and 32. that's a check of your fox 5 on-timetraffic. raffic. we are monitoring metro for you this morning. the system is teaming up with the national park service for safety improvements near the fort totten metro. they have recently added some new lights and a popular shortcut path between the station and fort totten park. this comes after several muggings happened in that area. and metro is marking the second term of president barack obama with new commemorative smartrip cards. this on sale right now and you can get the cards at metro sales offices at metro center and the pentagon station. all at metro head quart are in northwest. a few things we can already tell you about metro service on inauguration day now. rush hour service will run for 17 hours from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and peak fares will be charged during that time. metro will charge for parking in its lots and that will be
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paid on the way out. hard to believe but we are already talking about inauguration day. >> i remember the last one. super cold and super crowded. >> we were outside for hours. let's hope it is not that cold this year but exciting. coming up next, we'll go live to fox business network in new york for a look at how the market fared the day after the election. >> and those day after thanksgiving deals aren't what they used to be. but wal-mart is making a move it hopes will pull shoppers back into the stores. we'll have more on that when we come back. 
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you know, all eyes were on results from the polls yesterday but wall street was watching other very important numbers. lauren similar sunsety with fox business network is live in new york with the business beat. good morning to you. good morning. good to see you after this election. let's talk about how it had an impact on the market.
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>> well, after the voting came the selling. it was ugly. it was the worst descrop this year for the dow, off 313 was the worst drop this year for the dow, off 313 point. terrible day yesterday. there were worries about the u.s. fiscal cliff at home. germany, the strongest and largest economy in europe, that is also slowing down. that sentiments was hurting us here as well. the sexers that sold the most were the financials, the banks and energy stocks. those are sectors that would have favored a romney presidency. so the obama rally became the obama sell offyesterday. and this morning, you might expect a huge rally because we had such a huge sell offin the prior session but we're up maybe 19 points right now on the dow, so small gain. >> all right. sneaking of small gains, wal- mart is trying to macsome small gains to bet people back in the stores and get them offline. tell us how it will work for
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black friday. >> take your thanksgiving pumpkin pie and just bring it to wal-mart because their doors are going to open at 8:00 p.m. on thanksgiving and that is when they will start to offer black friday door buster dealed. so -- deals. so starting at 8:00 and then more deals through the night. the best deals will be three items offer between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. that is the window to get the apple ipad 2 to $399 with a free $wal-mart gift card. for $148, you can get a 32- inch. emerson hd lcd player. it may sell out during that time. you can get a voucher to get them at another time. that is what wal-mart is doing so they are kind of ruining our thanksgiving in a way. people love this stuff. i bet you people will love to go out. >> i'm sure they will. too many people, too crowded for me.
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so, yeah, that is the deal there. i like -- you did something different with your hair. i like it. >> you do? thank you. i did do something different with it. >> i notice little things. >> i'm not sure what exactly happened but this is how it turned out. >> it looks good the old way and looked good the new way. >> thank you, wisdom. >> all right. always good to see you. coming up next, on fox 5 morning news, president obama gets back to business as usual at the white house today and there is no rest following his win. both side of the aisle working to avoid a problem that many fear could accepted the u.s. back into a recession and more problems -- send the u.s. back into a recession and more problems. the latest on the nor'easter that knocked out power to thousands. thousand  we'll be back in just a moment. 
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welcome back. areas in new york and new
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jersey still recovering from the superstorm are now facing heavy snow and strong wind from a nor'easter. this is a look the snow falling on rockaway beach yesterday. no mandatory evacuations were ordered though new york city mayor michael bloomberg urged people in low-lying neighborhoods to leave. thousands of power outages have already been reported today. they just can't catch a break. >> they get one this weekend. things will get better for the eastern seaboard. >> oh, good. >> we have warmer temperatures on the way for the mid-atlantic up to new england. >> that is good news. >> yeah, it is good news. still dealing with it this morning. let's get right to it. picking up amounts of snow to our north. 4inches up at jfk and parts of connecticut up for a foot. we official hi picked up a trace at reagan national.
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we are -- we officially picked up a trace at reagan national. high temperatures will only top out the low 50s. we are still dealing with that breeze. it will still be around to the north and west. alittle blustery at times. all right. here is your forecast. temperatures right now in the 30s and low 40s. we'll be in the low to mid-50s later this afternoon at least here in town. 53, much of the area north and west in the 40s. it will feel a little better with the sunshine this afternoon. >> i can't wait for that sunshine. it will feel good. >> and those great temperatures coming this weekend. >> wait until you see the seven- day forecast. >> pretty nice. all right. let's check in with julie now. >> a lot going on right now. very busy out here on the roads. this is why we have the police activity that is tying up your commute for those traveling northbound on 286 over at sunrise valley drive. the road way remains blocked off right now. no one is able to get by northbound on the fairfax county parkway at sunrise valley. on the inner loop of the
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beltway traveling from telegraph road over to van dorn street, three cars involved in this crash. the right side of the roadway remains blocked as you travel to the springfield interchange. inner loop now starting to slow approaching gallows road. this one involves the overturned box truck tying up northbound i-95 after 32 but before 175. now, for those traveling in virginia, northbound i-95 accident activity remains here on the shoulder with police on the scene continuing northbound leaving dale city. a little further north as you try to make your exit out of newington headed up to the beltway, not too busy here. 395 hint-free between the beltway and 14th street bridge. outer loop now starting to crawl as you make your way from 95 headed past university boulevard. that's a check of your fox 5 on-timetraffic. etraffic. a big story we are following this morning. jared loughner will be
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sentenced today. he pleaded guilty in the january 2011 shooting spree that severely wounded gabrielle giffords and others. he will be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. president obama back at the white house this morning. >> republicans and democrats are promising to cooperate to prehaven't a problem that could plunge the nation back into a recession. fox 5's tom fitzgerald has more for us this morning. >> reporter: as election night drew to a close wednesday morning there were immediate calls for cooperation. >> i i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties. >> we looked at democrats and republicans in government at all levels to put the people before the politics. >> reporter: but when congress hit campaign trail, it left unfinished business on the table. the democrats and republicans
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can't agree, the country could fall over a so-called fiscal cliff. it would trigger tax hikes and spending cuts totaling over $600 to $800 billion next year. democrats say the election is over and so should the stalemate. >> i'm going to do everything within my power to be as conciliatory as possible. i want to work together but i want everyone to also understand you can't push us around. >> reporter: republicans warning just 53 days automatic sequestration defense cuts could lay off thousands of industry workers, many in northern virginia. the gop has blocked president obama's campaign promise to raise taxes on wealthier americans. house speaker john boehner says old differences should not block new compromise. >> if there is a mandate in yesterday's results, it is a mandate for us to find a way to work together on the solutions to the challenges that we all
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face as a nation. and my message today is not one of confrontation but one of conviction. >> reporter: but the big question facing capitol hill now is if the president's re- election victory gives him new leverage with congress or if the same old tug of war remains. and while the president talked a lot on the campaign trail about raising taxes on the wealthy, this fiscal cliff could affect americans on all income levels from the unemployed who could risk losing benefits to working americans who could see possible rise in payroll attacks. in the newsroom, tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. x 5 new in this morning's other top stories now, police in fairfax county are stepping up that are search of a serial fondler. police say they are now using undercover officers to track him down. here is a sketch of the suspect. he is described as hispanic, medium build with dark hair and often wearing a red cap. nine women have been attacked so far. the latest happening last
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thursday in the 6000 block of hibling avenue in springfield. anyone with information should call fairfax county police. a disturbing attack in falls church, virginia. >> a man assaulted a teenaged girl while she was studying at a public library. police need your help to track down that suspect. melanie alnwick is live outside the thomas jefferson library with this story. >> reporter: well, wisdom and sarah, police do have some pretty good information on this suspect. apparently, he has hung out here at the thomas jefferson library in the past and so staff were able to recognize him after the tax. here is what happened. the 17-year-old girl says she spent most of the day here at the library and throughout the day, she noticed this guy was staring at her. she got up to leave when the library was closing and told police the man started following her. she decided to duck into the women's bathroom instead of walking out into the dark parking lot alone but the man follow her. she says he touched and pushed her. she fought back kicking and screaming.
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the library staffer heard it. they rushed over to help but the suspect got away. >> i've never seen anything like that happened . it surprised me to hear that. >> are you going to do anything different? >> probably not go to the bathroom or make sure i have my cell yoko ono. >> definitely watch as i leave and not park the car as far as i sometimes do. >> reporter: library staff said they had seen the man in the library before and they had never had any trouble from him. but because they saw him and also this girl that had seen him throughout the day, they were able to get a pretty good description of him. they say he is black with a medium complexion, ranging between 5' 7" and 5' 10" weighing between 160 to 180 pounds with a shaved bald head, brown eyes and a gap between his front teeth and a diagonal scar on his forehead. they say he was wearing a pale
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green long sleeved shirt, khaki pants and was carrying a brown or tan soft legislate are briefcase. anyone with information is asked to contact fairfax county police. back to you. >> very detailed description so hopefully that will help them track him down. thank you so much. coming up next in the morning line-up, basketball superstars looking forward to a visit to the white house. >> he was a superstar in his own right. no, one of the nation's greatest presidents is the subject of a new movie getting a lot of oscar buzz. we'll tax a closer look at lincoln when fox 5 morning news continues. -- we'll take a closer look at lincoln when fox 5 morning news continues.
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it is a movie that is already getting a lot of oscar buzz. >> lincoln takes a look at the life of a president who changed the course of history. adam housley has more. >> the government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. >> director steven spielberg's
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new movie lincoln tells the story of the 16th president's final political battle trying to convince the house of representatives to abolish slavery. >> now, now, now. >> reporter: spielberg and star daniel day lewis both say they are fascinated by the man. >> no one has ever been loved so much by the people. don't waste that power. >> there has never been a human being that i never met that lov doubt there ever will be. >> he is one of the most compelling figures in american history and in my life certainly from childhood when i first was taken at four or five years old to see the lincoln memorial. an at first was terribly frightened by the immense at this of the statue in the chair and as i got closer and closer and closer, i was completely captivated i felt by the comfort i found in looking at his visage. >> are we fitted to the times
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we're born into? >> reporter: lewis is known for immersing himself in the role. he was hesitant to sign to to play the iconic leader but says he was inspired by lincoln himself. >> he put me at my ease. he gave me the thought ma maybe i -- that maybe i could try to do this. >> reporter: while lewis' performance is generating early oscar buzz, he received the highest compliment from his colleagues. >> when daniel came on to the set, he was abraham lincoln. >> i never had any problem just believing that i was talking to abraham lincoln. >> shall we stop this bleeding? >> in hollywood, adam housley, fox news. fox news. in the morning line, the wizards were in boston looking for their first win of the
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season. final seconds left in the game, chris singleton throws down the jam to tie it and send it in overtime. the celtics would win it 100- 94. the woirtdz are now winless in three games this season. duane wade is eying her ily waiting to hear when his team will make a traditional championship trip to the white house. wade has been an ardent supporter of president obama. miami will be in d.c. to face the wizards december 4th. it is possible the white house visit could happen around that time. why not, since they're already here. why not? go meet the president while air here. >> i think the christmas tree lighting might be that day. >> is it? >> i feel like it is right around this. the forecast, we're a little cool out there. had our first flakes of the season last night at reagan national. that is a big deal. and things are getting better here over the next couple of
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days. the trend will be to warm things up. a nice pattern change ahead. today, we'll transition out of the of the cloud cover we had. we're head in the right intersection if you want warmer temperatures and sunshine back in the forecast. chilly temperatures to start your day. overnight falling back into the 30s and low 40s and we're still parked there. 42 right now in washington. 36 in morning out in gaithersburg. 32 in frederick. so we've hit the freezing temperature there. 36 in leonardtown. 44 in annapolis. check out our nor'easter. this thing is a very. pressive sight. i keep getting in the way of it. -- this thing is a very impressive sight t look like a tropical storm. still throwing back a lot of moisture back into southern new england back towards new york city and down into the mid- atlantic back here, we're on the southwest edge of it. so not a whole lot of action yesterday. we did have some rain showers pushing into the region last night and some of that was mixed with snowflakes across parts of the area. we are not worrying about
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shoveling anything around here. later today, later this morning, we'll get the clouds out of here. we should see a nice trend towards more sunshine for your thursday. high temperatures only the low 50s. this will be a breeze out of the north and west. otherwise, a dry afternoon for us. 53 your daytime high. winds north and west at 10 to 15. clearing skies, breezy and cool. cool. sunday, veterans day, 65 about sunshine. some of the area will be flirting with 70 by monday afternoon. we should enjoy it while we can. >> what a change. >> that would be a happy monday. >> a holiday too. >> there you go. >> double happy. >> very good. >> good morning, good morning.
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hello, everybody. guess what it is time for. that's right. ask tony and tucker, the most popular segment in morning television. television. today's question is from a nine- year-old. imani is her name. she wants to know why are the traffic colors red, green and yellow? why couldn't they be blue, purple or any other color. who decided the color and isly reason why. very good question. >> great question. at question. >> i'm going to say red is like hey, listen to me, stop. >> so go with red. >> if you see red, when you're seeing red, angry. you see red. >> i think it is colors for people to see for some people. >> everybody can see them because there are issues of color-blindness with people. does that have anything to do with it. >> i think if you are color- blind -- >> you wouldn't see any of
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them. >> can you be color-blind to some colors. okay. take it away. >> we're both wrong. >> all right. we'll go bay back to i believe the 1860s. yes, the very first traffic light was in england. it was outside of the house of parliament in london. it was installed in december 1868. that is not it you are seeing there. and it used red and green gas lamps so that it could be seen during the nighttime hours. i don't know what they did during the day but at night, they were red and green lamps and red meant stop, green meant go. >> there weren't any cars in 186 # so it must have been your horse drawn carriage. >> crazy. >> unless they came one the traffic lights first and said we need something. so, yes, it was for horse-drawn carriages. why did they use red and green? it seemed to go back to the
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railroad industry. railroad engineers and the people on the side, what are they calls. >> flagmen? >> would use a variety of colors, red and green among them, yellow, blue, to indicate different things. red most often meaning stop or caution or danger. and green meaning proceed, usually meant proceed with caution. >> so what happened was, this is in the 1840s, there was a series of accident. i guess different parts of the england, people were using different flags and the guy sitting in the train conductor, they were getting confused. so they had a big meeting here, parliament had them get together and this guy named henry booth suggested they come up with a system across the country where they only had a series of flags. i guess green meant go and red meant stop. >> henry booth was with the
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liverpool and manchester railway. so that is what got it to be formally red and green in the railroads and that was handed over to the early traffic lights in england and that transferred over to here. why red and green some we don't really know. there is some speculation that, in industry, machine industry, factories and stuff, there were machines and still are that a red light, the prompt of a red light would mean that the machine was stopped and then a green light was when the machine would work again. so it is thought that the railroad maybe took it from that. it seems to go way, way back. why the colors red and green, they don't really know except that red seems to denote, like you were saying, danger. >> it gets your attention. >> yeah, it gets your attention. did you have the thing about
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color symbolism? >> no. >> red genally evokes danger, make it a good choice for a warning signal. -- red generally evokes danger. you were right that those colors also can be seen and identified very clearly at night and that is why they're used on traffic lights. >> okay. cool, a lot of history to that. >> it begs the question like red meaning danger. is it because we've become used to that meaning that or does it naturally -- are we programmed in some way to see red. >> that probably goes back hundreds and hundreds of years. >> you think about the bull, when they were -- not running the bulls but they have the matador. he has a red -- >> i don't know. >> so there you go. hope you like that. if you have a question you want answered, go to and click on the weather tab. >> superman has a red cape. >> that is a good thing. >> yeah. >> i want to do more research on this now.
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>> green lantern, the movie was really bad. >> so that is true. let's talk to julie wright and see how things are on the roadways. >> you know, my theory about the traffic lights, green means go, yellow means go a little faster, red means why bother. >> don't you say that. >> and then they're behind you with the red and blue and that means something completely different. that usually means ka-ching, ka- ching. on the roads, 286 northbound, the fairfax county parkway, sunrise valley, that has cleared. all lanes are open. there are a number of accidents that have occurred between telegraph road and van dorn street. inner loop, stay to the left as you head over to the springfield interchange. delays stacking up from at least telegraph road. accident activity involving the overturned dump truck. that is still in place northbound 95 north of 32678 the truck flipped over and lost its axle in the process so it
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is taking a while to get it back up somewhat on its wheels and get it loaded onto a rollback and get on the way. o dim have our hands full in virginia today. we have accident activity that is northbound i-95 traveling out of dale city. the accident contained over to the left shoulder. traffic remains slow lorton head up to the franconia springfield parkway. that's a check of your fox 5 on-timetraffic. -timetraffic. still ahead on fox 5 morning news. >> when the weather turns chilly, there is nothing better than to bundle up in a favorite sweater. i would free with that. but have you ever thought much about where that sweater comes from? holly is live in leesburg with more on the growing popularity of the fiber arts when we come back. 
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11/8/12 good morning, everybody. i'm holly morris on this chilly morning as you put on hat, scarf
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and gloves. think about where they came from. i'm not talking about the store in which you bought from. i'm talking about where they really came from as someone else's coat. hey i got breakfast. come on over. we're live this morning sat solitude wool. i'll feed you instead. no? everybody is skeptical of me. i'm not going to hurt you. maybe they are thinking you are going to take my fur. we are live here this morning because of two women who not only raise these sheep but sheer it, wash it, spin it and turn it into something like this. we're going to go through the whole process. we're going to tell you about a new local knitting store. it's going to be a fun warm morning. back to you. >> beautiful scarves out there.
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